Associate professor Cristina D’Alessandro is a Member of the Centre on Governance of the University of Ottawa (Canada), a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre PRODIG (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonnne, CNRS), Paris, France and an Affiliate Associate Professor at Riara University in Nairobi, Kenya. Economic and political geographer with more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in prestigious institutions such as Sciences-Po Paris, the University Bordeaux Montaigne in France, Sciences-Po Grenoble, the University of Bergamo, the University of Milan in Italy, and the University of Cyprus among others. With expertise in political and economic subjects and in public policy, she serves as an international consultant with various organizations and institutions, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, UN-WOMEN, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the BMW Foundation, and the Qatar National Research Found.
Previously she served as a Scientific Manager at the French National Agency for Research, as a Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences-Po, Paris, France), as Knowledge Expert at the African Capacity Building Foundation in Harare (Zimbabwe) and as a professor at the University Lumière Lyon 2. She holds a number of board positions: member of the International Advisory Board of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies; member of the editorial board of the journals L’Espace politique and the African Geographical Review; member of the Scientific Board of the journal EspacesTemps.net. Dr. D’Alessandro holds: an Habilitation from l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France); a post-doctorate from the West Virginia University (West Virginia, USA); a Masters and a PhD in development geography from the University François-Rabelais de Tours (France); and a bachelor of geography from the University of L’Aquila (Italy). Her focuses on: management and transformation; natural resource, energy and environmental governance (including climate change); economic diversification and private sector development; institutional capacity building; urban planning and transformation.